Hay Creek (Mississippi River)

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Hay Creek is a small trout stream in southeastern Minnesota. It has its headwaters west of Goodhue and empties into the Mississippi River just upstream of Red Wing. It runs 25.1 miles (40.4 km),[1] over half of which is a Minnesota designated trout stream.[2] Like the Vermillion River, Hay Creek receives extensive fishing pressure due to its proximity to Minneapolis–St. Paul.

A railroad once ran along Hay Creek from the claybanks near Goodhue to the pottery and stoneware factories in Red Wing, which also made use of the water from the creek. The railroad was torn up in 1937, but traces such as trestle pilings remain.[3]

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Coordinates: 44°34′25″N 92°33′13″W / 44.5735787°N 92.5535244°W / 44.5735787; -92.5535244[4]


  1. ^ U.S. Geological Survey. National Hydrography Dataset high-resolution flowline data. The National Map, accessed October 4, 2012
  2. ^ MN DNR Trout Streams Map 14
  3. ^ Chicago Great Western Railway Co. Safety News, June 30, 1968
  4. ^ U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Hay Creek

External links[edit]

  • Trout Habitat Improvements on Hay Creek [1]